Jussie Smollett, the embattled actor accused of staging a hate crime -against himself – will not be featured in the final two episodes of the television show “Empire”.

The executive producers announced the decision in a statement on Friday: “The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” they said.

“Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply.”

The actor was charged Thursday on the suspicion of filing a false police report claiming to have been the victim of a hate crime.

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